We’ve all been there… you had a great day out planned with the kids but suddenly the heavens open and you’re left stuck at home with nothing to do.
While it might be tempting to just put on a string of DVDs to get you all through the day, there are plenty of fun creative projects you can encourage your kids to do using things you have lying around the house.
Making something creative will keep your children actively engaged and give them a sense of achievement at the end of the day, so here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Paper plate art
- Paper plates
- Straws (optional)
- Pens, crayons or paints
- Pipe cleaners, tissue paper, googly eyes, string, etc.
- Sticky tape, glue
For younger kids
Draw a face on a paper plate, and depending on the supplies you have to hand, add string or pipe cleaners for hair, etc. When you’ve finished, stick a straw to the back to use as a handle so your child can hold the plate over their own face. If they make a few of these, they can be used as different characters in a story.
For older kids
Use a paper plate as a canvas, keeping the outer rim clear as a frame. Your child could draw or paint a landscape or a picture of their favourite toy.
2. Pasta pictures
- Stiff card (a cereal box works well)
- Glue (PVA is best)
- Pasta, rice, lentils, dried beans, etc.
- Paint (optional)
This is an oldie but a goodie! Grab some handfuls of pasta in different shapes and add some other dried foods like lentils and beans for a splash of colour. Build up a picture by gluing them one by one to a piece of card – the finished thing will be quite heavy so make sure the card is thick enough to support it. To help younger artists get started, draw a basic outline for them to fill in. You can encourage your kids to plan ahead by laying everything out on the card before they start sticking it down.
If you want to add another level of complexity, stick to just pasta shapes but let your kids paint them to create a colourful image. Or if you have time, you can dye a batch of pasta different colours. (That link also has some more cool creative pasta crafts.)
Photo Credit : Arts and Crafts for Kids
3. CD animals
- Old CDs
- Foam sheets or scrap material
- Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, etc.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to re-using old CDs, but this is one of the most versatile that you can adapt to the materials you have on hand. Using the CD as a base, add eyes, ears, wings, legs, or whatever else your chosen animal needs! If you need some inspiration, The Crafting Birds Studio has some great ideas to get you started.
4. Sock puppets
- String, buttons, scrap material, googly eyes, etc.
- Needle and thread (for older kids)
Another classic! And a great way to put all those odd socks to use. The beauty of sock puppets is that they can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Older kids can sew pieces of material together while younger kids can stick to glue (no pun intended). Use buttons for eyes and noses, and don’t forget a tongue to give the puppet a cheeky look.
Once your kids have made a few, they could write a play for the puppets to act out.
5. Newspaper outfits
- Newspaper (and other scrap paper – optional)
- Sticky tape
This is a beautifully simple idea that will probably have you all laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of what you’re doing while at the same time seriously trying to do a good job. The task at hand: assign someone to be a ‘model’ and make them a new outfit out of newspaper!
You can encourage everyone to work together on this, or split into teams (with one ‘model’ each) to make it more competitive. Try several rounds, each one with a different theme (e.g. stylish, superhero, spaceman) and impose a time limit to add to the craziness. For an extra layer of creativity, introduce other materials like tin foil or coloured paper to enhance the outfits.
Now you are armed with some great creative rainy day ideas so you needn’t despair next time your plans are put on hold. If you have any of your own ideas you can add to this list, just leave a comment below to share them!
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